Jane Austen

10 Reasons Writers and Readers Adore Jane Austen

It’s been two hundred years since Jane Austen died, and during that time, countless books have been written about her, and countless authors have written their own homages to her novels (myself included). So just what is it about Austen’s work that’s so endearing – and enduring?<p><b>She’s an …

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History Hot 100 results: the historical figures who fascinated you most in 2017

<i>Illustrations: Andy Tuohy / Design: Rachel Dickens / Words: Charlotte Hodgman</i><p>Welcome to this year’s <i>BBC History Magazine</i> Hot 100 list, featuring the …

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Unconventional 'Pride And Prejudice' Onstage At Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

The production includes theatrical acting, disco music and men playing women — all while staying true to Austen's original themes.

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Jane Austen’s Editor on the Benefits of Editing the Beloved Novelist

Jane Austen and Shakespeare are often compared, especially with respect to their astuteness of characterization and their ingenious use of language. Shakespeare’s exuberant inventiveness with English words, combined with four hundred years of changes in usage, can cause great opacity for today’s …

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The world of Jane Austen [timeline]

Jane Austen was a British author whose six novels quietly revolutionized world literature. She is now considered one of the greatest writers of all …

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32 Adorable Gifts For Your BFF — All Under $25!

If your bestie has a birthday coming up, don't sweat it. Thanks to the internet, there are so many genius present ideas out there, and they're just a few clicks away. If you're trying to save a little money, we rounded up our favorite ideas that cost less than $25. Whether your friend is a …

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Younger Recap: Being Jane Austen

Younger<p>The Gelato and the Pube Season 4 Episode 8<p>Editor's Rating 3 stars<p>In the span of just 30 minutes, Liza’s love triangle has gotten incredibly …

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6 Awesome Pride and Prejudice Retellings

My love for Jane Austen’s classic <i>Pride & Prejudice</i> goes back a long way. I was one of those gangly, awkward preteens who had actual fancy-dress, …

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The Austenista

Many years ago, I went to a conference of the Jane Austen Society of North America. We met in the Fairmont Chateau at Lake Louise in the Canadian …

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6 places to find free and discounted e-books

If your book budget is limited, fear not: You can score a surprising amount of good stuff for free or cheap.<p>Do you like to read? Awesome. Do you have limited funds? Welcome to the club. Obviously your local library is the best option if you want to read for free, but is it the only one? Definitely …

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Book-Shaming Isn't Going To Dictate What I Read Anymore

A few weeks ago, I noticed that some of my Facebook friends had participated in one of those reading roundup-style online quizzes. You know, similar …

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Are Books By Women Just a Bunch of PC Nonsense?

John Podhoretz is unhappy:The sheer PCness of this list is suffocating. https://t.co/qkDH5Kf6D0— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) August 11, 2017Even …

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5 Reasons Science Says You Seriously Need to Take a Break

Summer isn't over yet! Do you and your business a favor and get out of town.<p>I am about to hit the road with one of my oldest friends for a weekend away from the rest of the world.<p>We do this every year...with varied results. Sometimes we have an amazing time relaxing. Other times, we push each other …

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If Jane Austen characters used dating apps

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, we looked at how Mr Darcy might fare on Tinder.<p>In light of a very important anniversary this year – 200 years since the death of Jane Austen – we had a think about how we could honour one of Britain’s most famous authors.<p>What better …

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Creepy shrink who used 'fake date' therapy to woo patient admits he sank to the 'depths of depravity'

Married Dundee-based NHS psychologist Markus Themessl-Huber had an affair with the vulnerable woman.<p>An NHS psychologist told a disciplinary panel …

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Is Your Chihuahua a Jane Austen Fan? You're (Both) in Luck

Expanding his ability to put dogs into a state of Zen, dog whisperer Cesar Millan has partnered with Audible.com to launch Audible for Dogs, an …

Dogs

Audiobooks, lit crit, and lofty novels: Dean of libraries shares his reading habits

What does a person who’s surrounded by hundreds of thousands of books—in both print and electronic form—like to read? We asked Daniel Cohen, dean of …

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Millennial author Lucy Vine talks us through her must-read list

In honour of Book Lovers Day, author Lucy Vine recommends her top favourite reads for every life moment...<p>To celebrate National Book Lovers Day, we …

Books

Postmortem: Jane Austen and Repealing the Affordable Care Act - BLARB

For now, it appears the Republican Senators’ attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead. But key provisions (like cost-sharing reductions for …

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How Pride And Prejudice Has Taken The Big And Small Screen

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Poldark producers to take on 'darker' adaptation of Pride and Prejudice

Ah, of course. The one thing everyone always complains about when it comes to adaptations of <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>: they're just not dark enough.<p><i>Poldark</i> …

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Why we should listen to Jane Austen in the age of Tinder

Don’t dismiss Austen’s novels as satires of another era. From how her characters ‘game’ the system to their desire to marry for love, her plots, and advice, remain highly useful today.<p>Jane Austen had good reason to be so enamoured of the marriage plot. Put plainly, marriage was a colossally big …

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Revellers gather for hog roast and Pride and Prejudice at Jane Austen event

A HAMPSHIRE community marked the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death by devoting a day to the celebrated novelist.<p>Events were held at Netley …

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7 Reviews of Classic Literature (by a 6-month-old)

Portrait of the reviewer hard at work.Hello. Usually it’s my mummy who writes for this site, but now that I am six months old it’s time I start …

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The Maine Farm That Inspired ‘Charlotte’s Web’ Is Up for Sale | Mental Floss

Essayist, poet, and English professor to generations of writers, E.B. White is perhaps best known for penning the beloved children’s book <i>Charlotte’s</i> …

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New PEN Archive Offers 1500 Hours of Audio/Video of Your Favorite Authors Online | Mental Floss

PEN America has a new digital archive, and it will give you access to hundreds of hours of interviews, panels, and debates with your favorite …

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Where Jane Austen Danced, Dined or Dallied

SOUTHAMPTON, England — When you spend three days on a Jane Austen-themed tour of England with a group of highly literate ladies (and one gentleman), conversation naturally turns to such questions as, Which of Austen’s novels is your favorite?<p>“Oh, ‘Persuasion,’” one of the ladies, Mary Marshall, …

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Jane Austen Is Everything

As beloved as Shakespeare, she shaped a vision of personal flourishing that still feels thoroughly modern.<p>On the bicentenary of her death, Jane Austen is still everywhere, often where one least expects to find her. Most of her devotees will have their own story; mine occurred in a Manhattan …

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UVA’s Legal Experts Offer Their Picks for Summer Fiction Reading

For many of us, summertime means reading. A lifelong bibliophile, Thomas Jefferson considered fiction to be useful reading for anyone who wanted to …

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